Formerly Family Voices IN/About Special Kids. We provide answers and resources to families and professionals who are involved in the upbringing of children with complex medical conditions, mental health diagnoses and physical/intellectual disabilities.
Children develop at their own pace, so it can be difficult to tell exactly when a child will learn a particular skill. But, there are age-specific developmental milestones used to measure a child’s social and emotional progress in the first few years of life. To learn more about developmental milestones, visit " Learn the Signs. Act Early ," a campaign designed by CDC and a coalition of partners to teach parents, health care professionals, and child care providers about early childhood development, including possible "red flags" for autism spectrum disorders. If you have concerns, here are some steps you can take: Talk to your doctor: Ask for a screening for an autism spectrum disorder. A screening usually means answering about 20 questions that the doctor or staff will ask about your child’s development. More complete diagnostic testing may be needed later. If your child is birth-3 years old, contact your local First Steps program by calling 317-4
Indianapolis – The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) today announced that the hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers enrolled in the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) are now also eligible for the state’s new Gateway to Work program. Gateway to Work, which started today, will help HIP members who enroll identify a career path that could lead to either securing gainful employment or a better job in a new industry. “Gateway to Work and the Healthy Indiana Plan are ideally matched because they give low income Hoosiers a set of parallel tracks toward improving their health, their lives and the lives of their families,” said Governor Mike Pence. Gateway to Work is a free, voluntary program that offers Healthy Indiana Plan members a variety of services, including an initial assessment of their skills and abilities to identify personal actions to achieve their employment goals. The program assists Healthy Indiana Plan members with completing job applications, creating resu